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Orphan Eleven by Gennifer Choldenko
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it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, middle-grade

Lucy is in an orphanage in 1939 after her mom dies. She is separated from her sister before she enters the orphanage and is treated poorly. When Lucy and a few other have the opportunity to run away, they do. They join the circus hoping to earn apprenticeships. But because of Lucy’s stuttering, she is not likely to be asked to stay. All circus members need to be able to yell “John Robinson” if there is danger.

Lucy is a strong and lovable character as are her friends Nico and Eugene. Doris is not as likable, But she causes those issues herself. The circus life is intriguing and a great background for the orphans. I enjoyed reading the author’s note as well providing more information on orphanages, circuses and medical experiments linked to Lucy. An excellent story that will appeal ti a wide variety of readers.
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Reading Progress

February 19, 2020 – Started Reading
February 26, 2020 – Shelved
February 26, 2020 – Shelved as: middle-grade
February 26, 2020 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
February 26, 2020 – Finished Reading

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